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Dive Review of N2 The Blue/Chenay Bay Beach Resort in
Virgin Islands/St Croix

N2 The Blue/Chenay Bay Beach Resort: "2 incomparable dives at Fredericksted Pier", Mar, 2015,

by Jonathan Scott, NH, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8147 has 1 Helpful vote.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Did 2 dives at the Fredericksted Pier, led by divemaster Paul. This is a top-notch operation, very safety conscious, good pre-dive briefings. Pier typically done as a "shore" dive, very convenient from N2theBlue's downtown Fredericksted location next to the pier. Gear is wheeled down to the pier and set up for you. Easy stride off the pier into the water. First dive was AM, next was night dive. Both were excellent and interesting. Could dive this dive over and over again. Plentiful seahorses, frogfish, puffers, octopus, variety of reef fish, beautiful anemones, lobster, large turtles, and a variety of crabs, spectacular spotted eagle ray, very interesting and dense marine life under the pier. Did get snagged by a fisherman (inebriated?) on the night dive, but immediately rescued by Paul -- this is apparently a very rare event but important to be careful and prepared. Super-long bottom times w/ max depth around 30-35ft. 1 hr+ returning with 1000psi on first dive and 75 minutes with still close to 1000psi on the night dive. One other couple along for the AM dive, but just my wife and me, plus DM Paul, for 2nd dive.
Only on St Croix for 3 days, but would definitely dive with these guys again, visit pier again and also reefs, wrecks, etc from boat and/or shore. Lots of great diving here and generally un-crowded in Feb/March, except for when Cruise Ships are in port (usually 1 day per week). Can't dive pier then, but who'd want to.
Chenay Bay Beach Resort (East End of St. Croix) is under recent new management and is a fanatastic bargain for St Croix. Rental cars can be scarce so plan ahead. Several great restaurants nearby, starting with the one at the resort itself -- getting rave reviews from people living nearby (and from us, too). Also enjoyed Cheeseburgers in Paradise and Galleon. Took advantage of our cottage's ample kitchenette facilities to make our own breakfasts and pack lunches. Wi-fi is slow but who cares. Also took a really fun jeep tour of St Croix including spectacular Tide Pools (otherwise must hike in 2 miles to see them) with Tan Tan tours. A great way to see the island and figure out which places you'd like to visit.
Sailed to Buck Island on Capt Heinz' Teroro II, a beautiful trimaran (other tours are under power; sail is a much better way to go). The snorkeling at Buck Island was a bit disappointing due to high winds/surf and severely damaged reefs (warming event a few years back), but still a lot of fun and worth seeing.
1 mil suit was fine for AM dive but a bit chilly for the night dive. Wife wore 5-mil semi-dry and was very comfortable.
Websites N2 The Blue   Chenay Bay Beach Resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cayman Brac, Kona, Kauai, St Kitts, Utah!, Carmel/Monterrey
Closest Airport STX Getting There Jet Blue then Cape Air, but subject to mechanical and weather issues; forced overnight in St Thomas en route to St Croix

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions plan was to turn at 750 psi and limit dive to 45 minutes, but @ 30 ft depth never came close and thus had 2 nice long dives. DM's flexibility much appreciated.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments separate rinse tank at shop for camera rigs, endless subject matter for free-swimming and close-ups. best place ever for finding/photographing seahorses and frogfish
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